Introduction: 1 Minute Duct Tape Fire Starter

In this Instructable, you will learn how to create a fire starter like pictured above.

This should be practically free for all of your materials and should take less than a minute if you try.

If built right it should stay lit for seven minutes!!!!

Step 1: Gather Materials


-Duct Tape (The Best Stuff on Earth)

-Dryer Lint (Can be collected from a dryer, not a lot needed maybe 1/4 cup)

 -Char Cloth (5 or 6 1" by 1" square pieces of char cloth) Don't know how to make char cloth? Watch this Youtube video or view this Instructable.
-Regular Cotton (Note that this can't ignite by just a spark)

The duct tape will make a large enough flame, the lint will keep the fire going, and the char cloth makes the flame last long.

Step 2: Duct Tape

Rip or cut a 6" piece of duct tape.

Step 3: Lint and Duct Tape

Roll up duct tape with a diameter of 1.5". Make sure the sticky side is on the outside.

Shove lint into roll of duct tape.

Step 4: Char Cloth

Cover outside with Char cloth.

Step 5: Light It on Fire

If you don't have a flame source, then spark the char cloth and blow on it until it ignites.

If you have a flame source, then light a little bit of the duct tape.

Step 6: You're Finished

Now you can build another one and really use it in the wilderness.

By the way, this one stayed lit for seven minutes, well long enough to start a fire.


hackmattr made it!(author)2011-06-19

You could also use steel wool and a 9V battery as a fire starter.

jacobdlyon made it!(author)2011-06-19

However, that will stay lit for what? 15 seconds, not even close to this staying lit for 7 minutes. Also, some people may only have duct tape, lint, and cloth from a t-shirt or something. I would say that most people don't happen to pack a 9 volt and a battery.

This was a fire starter created out of common items that you may have packed. I usually always have dryer lint and duct tape in my pack.

SeanT8 made it!(author)2015-10-27

There was a day when I would t have a battery... But anymore I have my solar panel charger and 4 spare batteries in my emergency pack. Times have changed... Still no dryer lint though.

webslicer made it!(author)2014-09-08

Who in their right mind packs dryer lint. You people are gonna die in the woods.

lrwelling made it!(author)2013-06-06

What is the blue stuff wrapped in the Final photo? Would seem to need something to protect the fragile charcloth. Good writeup.

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